Montreal rapper/harmonica player Bad News Brown killed [News]
Montreal, QC – Another sad day for Canadian hip-hop… a sad day for music. While Montreal police have yet to confirm the identity of the man that was found dead in Little Burgandy early Saturday, Bad News Brown aka Paul Frappier’s brother Louis Frappier has confirmed that it was in fact the body of the talented rapper/harmonica player that was recovered. He was found at Richmond and William Sts. close by Lachine Canal and was pronounced dead on the scene. Police cited violence to his upper body but would not confirm if the death was a result of a gunshot wound.
Bad News Brown had become a fan favourite in Montreal and he had been opening for some of the biggest names to come through the city including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kanye West and most recently, New York’s Red Café (January 9 ). His unique harmonica-only based music video “Reign” has picked up over 300,000 views and it’s a great demonstration of his musical ability. Click here if you haven’t seen it. His 2009 album Born 2 Sin was well received and fans were anticipating his new material. This past summer he was featured on the huge “Expos Fitted (Remix)” by Magnum 357 along with the rest of the who’s who of Montreal hip-hop. Just a few examples of the many things that had made Bad News Brown one of the most promising artists to try and “make it” out of Real City. He was only 33. The world has been robbed of an extremely talented and hard working artist and we’re very saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Frappier family during this difficult time. Click the jump to read the article from the Montreal Gazette.
Rest In Peace BNB!
Popular musician Bad News Brown killed
Montreal, QC – A popular Montreal musician, who’s opened for stars like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and 50 Cent, was killed early Saturday in Little Burgundy.
The body of Bad News Brown was found near Richmond and William Sts., a gritty, mostly industrial area near the Lachine Canal. Although sources say Frappier was shot, police say they won’t be confirming the nature of the fatal attack until they make an arrest.
His real name was Paul Frappier. He was 33. A native of Haiti, he was adopted by a Montreal family and rose to become one of the city’s leading harmonica players and hip-hop musicians.
He is survived by brother Louis Frappier, who confirmed the rapper’s death, though Montreal police wouldn’t reveal the identity of the victim.
Police say Frappier’s body was found by people walking near the corner of Richmond and William. He was declared dead on the scene and brought straight to the morgue, police said.
A police official said there were “clear traces of violence on his upper body.” But the official said he could not confirm Frappier died of a gunshot wound.
“It seems to be very nonsensical – there’s seems to have been no sense or purpose to this at all, which is the case with a lot of violence in general,” said Haig Vartzbedian, producer of Bad News Brown’s 2009 album Born 2 Sin.
As a teenager, Bad News Brown began his career as a Montreal street busker.
“Busking was the smartest thing I ever did in my life,” he is quoted as saying on Wikipedia. “It paid my bills, bought me my studio, and within two years I estimate 50 per cent of the city knew I existed.”
According to the site, Frappier adopted his stage name on the suggestion of fellow Montreal rapper, Misery. It coincidentally was the name of his childhood favourite WWF wrestler, Bad News Brown.
Weekly arts and music magazine Montreal Mirror gave him the title of best busker of Montreal. He was later chosen as the host for the 2004 National Film Board documentary, Music for a Blue Train – a bluesy portrait of the musicians who busk in Montreal’s metro.
As his music matured, Bad News Brown gained recognition for the way he embedded harmonica sounds into evolving new hip-hop beats. He played in more than 200 venues around the world, most recently opening for Red Café at Club Soda on Jan. 9.
It is the seventh homicide this year in Montreal. Last year on this same date, there were three.
By: David Johnston and Allison Lampert
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